The latest Access Transit email newsletter from TransLink contains some interesting stats.

It says there are 8,291 active bus stops in Metro Vancouver. Of those, 69.1 percent are wheelchair-accessible. That means 30.9 percent of bus stops are not accessible.

Bowen Island has the highest percentage of accessible bus stops, at 100 percent. But that's because there's only one conventional bus stop there; the rest are "flagstops".

West Vancouver is listed at 88.9 percent, but that only includes the nine Coast Mountain Bus Company-run stops around Park Royal and the Lions Gate Bridge.

So North Vancouver City is tops sans asterisk, at 88 percent.

Researchers have released what’s being called the first national report on the sex industry in Canada—and some of its findings may surprise you.

The working paper, whose lead author is Cecilia Benoit of the University of Victoria, will be discussed at an international symposium in Ottawa on September 22 and 23. It’s based on five studies undertaken in St. John’s, Montréal, Kitchener, Fort McMurray, Calgary, and Victoria.

Students are expected to be back in class for a full day of school by Tuesday if teachers ratify a tentative labour agreement, according to the chair of the Vancouver School Board.

Patti Bacchus told reporters after a news conference today (September 18) that if members of the B.C. Teachers’ Federation accept the agreement, schools will open for a partial day on Monday, similar to what the typical first day of school would have been on September 2, followed by full hours on Tuesday.

Late last night (September 15) the folks at CityHallWatch were kind enough to provide me with a dataset detailing the salaries of everyone (I think) employed by the City of Vancouver through 2013.

From Aanestad to Zupan, there are more than 7,500 names on this list.

The information was obtained through a freedom of information request that reportedly took nine months and the intervention of the province’s privacy commissioner to complete.

With news circulating about the B.C. Teachers’ Federation and the B.C. Public School Employers’ Association reaching a tentative agreement to end the B.C. teachers’ strike, many students and parents are no doubt wondering when the school year will finally begin.

School districts don't appear to have the answer—yet. And of course, teachers still must vote to approve the tentative deal.

Media outlets are abuzz with the news that a tentative agreement has been reached to end the B.C. teachers’ strike.

The B.C. School Trustees Association says it had two representatives at the bargaining table.

“This is wonderful news for the students, teachers, administrators, support staff, trustees and parents in BC,” BCSTA president Teresa Rezansoff said in a news release. “The immediate goal is to get students back in classes as quickly as possible. We must then focus on the critical work of strengthening our public education system and rebuilding trust.”

The District of Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast says it is the first community in B.C. to provide free public wireless Internet access in its downtown area.

Sechelt Innovations Ltd., the business development arm of the municipality, announced the free Wi-Fi network today (September 15).

Being a journalist and all, I subscribe to the email lists of the Conservative Party of Canada and other political parties. This means I get super-annoying fundraising emails in my inbox all week long.

Today (September 12), there was something a little different from the Conservatives. The message was from Fred DeLorey, the party's director of political operations.

The email began:


Have you looked at the list of longest serving Prime Ministers lately?

Today, Prime Minister Harper passed Louis St. Laurent, and we want to give you an opportunity to congratulate his hard work over this time.

The email went on:

Veteran activist Sid Chow Tan believes Vancouver residents should all do their part to resist the wrongheaded "war on drugs".

Tan, who is running for city council with COPE in the November election, posted an interesting proposal in the comment section of Travis Lupick's September 10 article, "FOI request reveals Vancouver city hall perplexed by medicinal marijuana".

Here's what Tan wrote:

Yesterday (September 11), one of Canada’s lead advocates for marijuana reform floated a novel idea for ending B.C.’s teachers strike.

"I sent the Premier some cannabis buds for two reasons," Dana Larsen said quoted in a news release. "First, I thought if she could get together with Peter Fassbender, Jim Iker and their negotiating teams to share a joint, it would help break down some barriers and give the BCTF negotiations a fresh start.